R (on the application of Prescott) v General Council of the Bar

Barrister – Pupillage. The claimant law student issued judicial review proceedings, challenging the requirement that he retake the whole Bar Professional Training Course, rather than only the module he had twice failed. The Administrative Court, in dismissing the application, held that the claimant had not shown himself competent in that module by other means and that the Bar Standards Board (the BSB) could not have acted unlawfully in not having considered exempting the claimant from the requirements absent an application to do so. It further dismissed the claimant's claim the decision was disproportionate and found that the BSB had given reasons for its decision.

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